Monarchs in Cardiff – Twitterverse Responds.

So, we understand the English monarchy were in town today. Apart from some unnecessary traffic congestion, we didn’t really notice the difference. However, there was an interesting and at times amusing set of twitterings on the subject, some welcoming them, some very much not welcoming them, and a handful of views that were somewhere in between. Frankly, we were a little disappointed by the range of comments, nothing overly incendiary at all in the end, still, the range of comments provide an interesting cross section of views on the visit.


Those not so happy said:


I choose to air my republicanism. I reserve my RIGHT to not go and bow before queen, born to a position of power, who has never been elected.

David Raybould@daveraybould

Going to try to be positive today. Promote the benefits of visiting German royalty.

Simon Coopey@SimonCoopey

Wales has a ‘queen’? I don’t remember voting for one. #gweriniaeth

Al Iguana@aliguana

I know, let’s take a leaf from North Korea’s book and give every child a Union Jack, then get them to line up and wave them at Liz. Oh wait.


I notice the queen not coming to North Wales on her tour…good #stayinEngland


 Those who were in the middle, or just not aware said:

Elizabeth Windsor@Queen_UK

Stand by Wales. Your Queen is coming for you.

Dean Burnett@garwboy

Cardiff Bay is crawling with Police today. Apparently because the Queen is coming. I don’t get how someone this dangerous is head of state

Samantha Bull@raccoonteeth

Why is the queen in Cardiff? I keep seeing tweets about it


Is it bad that I’m totally unfussed about the Queen visiting Wales? I was more excited when I got a Care Bear back in 1987.


 And those who rolled out the red carpet suggested:

suzy davies@suzydavies

Very much looking forward to lunch with Her Majesty later!#diamondjubilee

Daran Hill@DaranHill

A very warm welcome to HM The Queen to Cardiff today. A hero we can all believe in #diamondjubilee

Alex Powell@Alex_D_Powell

Fantastic to see so much support for the monarch in Wales!! Queen starts Wales tour at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff


Despite what Republican Leanne Wood and barmy #Plaid Cymru would like us to think we always welcome the Queen to Wales.

  1. Loved simoncoopeys response. It’s similar here, when then president came I viewed him none so much as a pain in my behind–but other people loved him, some felt like me. I guess it doesn’t matter if you are elected or not!

    • It certainly seems divisive, I thought it interesting to post a range of views here, only because the one ‘national’ newspaper in Wales is so pro-monarchy, any negative views on the visit would never see the light of day. (In the end, this mornings national paper carried roughly 12 words on the protest, compared with columns rumbling on about how popular this event was – interesting.)

      • Well you may already know, but here in the US all papers are liberal, some more than others but still, liberal. One news station, Fox, is supposedly conservative, or leans that direction, at least more so than anyone else. I for one think there needs to be a major house cleaning on both sides. Can’t do that with the monarchy, however. What I can’t figure out is, when exactly did the news decide their opinion had anything to do with anything at all? They are supposed to be reporting facts.

      • Sounds all to familiar. I understand that at least one of the national television news broadcasters failed to mention the republican protest at all yesterday, to go with the two lines worth of ‘reporting’ on it that could be found in the national paper, all very one-eyed. It is certainly the case in Wales/Britain that anything that is even remotely anti-monarchy struggles to find any voice at a national level – impartial reporting going out the window.

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